Publishing Royalties: 19-Year-Old R&B Catalog

Earn consistent publishing earnings generated by songs performed by multi-Platinum artists like Sisqo, Salt-N-Pepa, Jennifer Lopez, and more. 


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Top Bid: Ju J

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Starting Price: $19,000
Bidding Increment: $350
Closing Price: $31,250
End Date: Dec 17, 2019, 1:24 PM MST
Dollar Age:

19.70 Years

Last 12 Months' Royalties: $3,344
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Distributors: Sony/ATV
Rights Included:

Public Performance, Mechanical, Sync

Interests Included:

Songwriter/Co-publisher (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution (paid 30 days from receipt):

March 31, 2020

Distribution Frequency: Biannually
Buyer Fees:

1% of closing price or $500 (whichever is greater)

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What rights are included?

  Musical Composition Sound Recording
Copyrights included? No
Public Performance
Sources: Internet Streaming, AM/FM & Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, etc. Internet Streaming, Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, Samples, etc.
Distributors: Sony/ATV


Up for bid here is a 19-year-old R&B collection starring songs from Sisqo, Salt-N-Pepa, and Jennifer Lopez. As the winning bidder, you will collect consistent publishing revenue which includes mechanical, public performance, and sync royalties. 

What’s compelling about this catalog is that the top five earning tracks date back to 1997 - 2002. Not only have these songs generated royalties for upwards of 20 years, but in some cases, the income is growing!

Mechanical earnings are the leading income source bringing in 64% of revenue in the last year. These mechanical royalties also grew 4% compared to the previous timeframe. Public performance revenue accounts for 28% of the asset’s profits in the last year and has the second-best year-over-year stability. 

This collection’s top-earning track is Sisqo’s debut single “Got to Get It,” with 30% of last year’s income. Released in 1999 on Sisqo’s debut album Unleash The Dragon, “Got to Get It” was successful on the charts peaking at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 12 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. Impressively, 20 years after its release the song is still generating consistent earnings that even increased 3% year-over-year. Also included from Unleash The Dragon is “Addicted” that brought in 9% of last year’s income. 

Not to be overlooked are “Gitty Up” (1997) from the iconic R&B group Salt-N-Pepa and “Too Late” from Jennifer Lopez’s’ 1999 debut album On the 6.

Key Drivers

Dollar Age. This collection of songs has a Dollar Age of 19.70 years. This means the majority of royalties earned in the last 12 months came from songs that have collected royalties for over 19 years. A high Dollar Age like this suggests stability and longevity.

The highest-earning track — “Got to Get It” — was released in 1999, and royalties continue to grow thanks to steady mechanical and performance income. A catalog containing mature works with consistent (and even growing earnings) is something worth noting as an investor. This can help sustain a catalog's earnings moving forward.

Income Mix. The winner of this auction can receive income in various ways:

  • Mechanical: Royalties paid to songwriters and artists when music is sold (think CD or vinyl) but also when music is streamed (streaming mechanicals) “on-demand” (like Spotify).
  • Performance: Royalties paid to songwriters when music is performed publicly. Music played over the radio, in a restaurant or bar, or over a service like Spotify or Pandora is considered a public performance.
  • Synchronization: Royalties paid to songwriters and publishers for the licensing of a song in music for a movie, TV show, or commercial or when music is played on YouTube.

Matching Right

This seller's publisher holds a matching right on any sale of the income generated by this catalog. The publisher will have the opportunity to match the winning bid after this auction closes. If you are the winning bidder, the publisher must first decline their matching right before you will be able to complete your purchase. For more information on how the matching right works, please email: 

About the Royalty Distributor

Sony/ATV Music Publishing is an American music publishing company owned by Sony through Sony Entertainment. It is the world’s largest music publishing company with a network of 37 offices in 29 cities and 22 countries across the globe. Since 2012 Sony/ATV has administered EMI Music Publishing, further extending the reach of the songs, songwriters, and artists it represents. Sony/ATV’s distribution schedule is biannual.

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